Funfetti Cake Batter Popcorn

Ever since I made Cookies and Cream Popcorn a few months ago I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to try a new flavor of candied popcorn.  Not that I really needed an official occasion for such a delicious concoction, but I wasn’t about to trust myself with a batch of this stuff just sitting around the apartment.  So when I was invited to a pool party a few weekends ago, I knew this would be the perfect treat that would feed a lot of people but be easy to throw together.  And let me tell you, this funfetti popcorn was definitely the right choice – it literally disappeared within the few minutes after I showed up!!

I loved the cookies and cream version I tried first particularly because it was an extremely simple recipe.  Well, this funfetti version one ups the C&C in simplicity since you don’t even have to smash up Oreos as an extra step.  Just pop two bags of popcorn, measure out a cup of cake mix, melt some white chocolate, and mix it all together with a boatload of sprinkles!  It’s crazy how good the results are, and your friends will think you’ve done something incredibly complicated since it’s just that delicious.  But things that taste good don’t always have to be hard to make – anyone who loves boxed brownies as much as I do can attest to that.  The finished product is bright, colorful, and fun, making it perfect for birthday parties, pool parties, or because it’s Tuesday and you’re hungry!

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Funfetti Cake Batter Popcorn

Recipe adapted from Mrs. Schwartz's Kitchen


2 bags microwavable kettle corn or white popcorn
1-1/2 cups white chocolate chips or vanilla candy melts
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1-1/2 cup white or yellow cake mix
1/3 cup rainbow sprinkles


- Pop the popcorn in the microwave, following packaging instructions. Transfer popcorn to a large bowl, being careful to pick out all of the unpopped kernels.
- Melt the white chocolate chips or candy melts in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each 30 seconds until it is fully melted.
- Stir in the vegetable oil to the melted chocolate until smooth. Then add the cake mix to the chocolate - the mixture will be thick, but mix until well-incorporated.
- Drizzle the chocolate/cake batter mixture over the popcorn and add half of the sprinkles. Use your (clean) fingers to toss everything together until evenly coated.
- Spread the popcorn onto wax paper-lined cookie sheets to allow the chocolate to harden and sprinkle the remaining sprinkles on top.
- Let popcorn harden for about 20 minutes on the counter, or 5 minutes in the fridge, and enjoy!


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78 Responses to “Funfetti Cake Batter Popcorn”

  1. #
    Anonymous — August 14, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    This looks so yummy! Would something like this stay for a couple of days in a mason jar?

    • Erica — August 15th, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

      Yes, I think so! Good luck :)

  2. #
    Mrs. Schwartz @ Mrs. Schwartz's Kitchen — August 14, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    Yay, I’m SO glad you loved it! : ) Your pictures are way prettier than mine! : )

  3. #
    Jill — August 14, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

    Umm… yes, please!!

  4. #
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — August 14, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

    Gorgeous, and sinfully good!

  5. #
    Ronda — August 14, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

    Sprinkles and popcorn yes please, will be making this for sure!

  6. #
    Sue — August 14, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

    This popcorn sounds amazing! It makes me feel happy just looking at it:)

  7. #
    Abbe@This is How I Cook — August 15, 2012 @ 2:46 am

    Fun recipe! I can think of some grown up kids to make this for!

  8. #
    Sandy — August 15, 2012 @ 6:05 am

    My grandkids love popcorn and love sprinkles. Thank you for an after school treat recipe for their first week back to school.

  9. #
    ally — August 16, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

    cute, creative, colorful! love it all.

  10. #
    Joan@chocolateandmore — August 17, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

    Love, love, love this! Found you on FB and had to come check this out! Now if the weather will just cool off a bit so I can play with chocolate in the kitchen, I’ll be all set! Pinned.

  11. #
    elanalauren — August 19, 2012 @ 8:09 pm

    Just made this for a picnic, and it’s delicious!! I used gluten free cake mix- tastes great and looks very fun!

  12. #
    Macaroni and Cheesecake — August 19, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

    So in love with this idea! Definitely adding it to my list of must try treats!

  13. #
    Anonymous — September 11, 2012 @ 8:12 pm

    Quick question … it says the mixture will be thick …. does that make it hard to drizzle over the popcorn and then coat it? Can you warm it back up to loosen it? Either way I am going to try this!!!!

    • Erica — September 12th, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

      It will be thick, but not too thick that you can’t drizzle. Good luck, it’s soooo good!

  14. #
    Felicia — October 13, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! I love anything cake batter, so this is right up my ally! I’m going to be trying this out asap.

  15. #
    Lynn — November 14, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

    Maybe a dumb question but do you add dry cake mix or make the cake mix then add?

    • Erica — November 19th, 2012 @ 1:41 am

      Dry cake mix! Not a dumb question :)

  16. #
    Angie — December 8, 2012 @ 10:01 pm

    When you say white popcorn, what do you mean? Like no butter? i just bought some light butter popcorn, would that work?

    • Erica — December 11th, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

      Butter can never hurt :) But yea, I recommended white, non-butter popcorn just for textural reasons. I’m sure it will still work wonderfully with light butter!

  17. #
    Nicole — January 1, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

    Awesome recipe. When i made thus the first time, i felt like there was too much of the cake mix. It turned my white chocolate into a dough consistency. Second time around i used about a third of the recommended cake mix and it turned out perfectly. Did i miss something?

  18. #
    Maria — January 11, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

    This looks fabulous and I will definitely be making it for Take a longs this Spring to Easter, Holiday n such, gatherings, only difference is I will pop white corn on stove cauz the microwave bag never fits my Microwave…Thank you for post!

  19. #
    Lynn — February 4, 2013 @ 4:09 pm

    I have made this recipe two times since reading about it. This last time was for my granddaughter’s birthday party with Monster High colors, black and pink. I added black and pink M&M’s, pink chocolate and black sprinkles. It was a hit with the adults and kids. They think it’s regular popcorn until they taste it – Yummy!

  20. #
    Rachel — April 25, 2013 @ 5:57 pm

    How many cups of popcorn would you say two bags of popcorn is? I took a guess and I’m not quite sure if I guessed right!

    • Erica — April 25th, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

      I would estimate about 10 cups. Good luck!

  21. #
    natasha catania — July 3, 2013 @ 12:56 am

    if I use bakers white chocolate, any idea how much this uses? Is it 1 1/2 cups melted?

    • Erica — July 3rd, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

      Hmm I’m really not sure, maybe check the Baker’s box to see if they provide any sort of conversion? Good luck!

  22. #
    Carmen — July 10, 2013 @ 2:15 am

    I have made candied popcorn using almond bark with various additions for variety, but……………I’ve never added vegetable oil. Is this something I should be doing or is this because you are using chips?

    • Erica — July 11th, 2013 @ 1:45 am

      The vegetable oil just makes the chocolate a little runnier so it’s easier to mix into the popcorn. Not necessary but does make things a bit easier!

  23. #
    pamela — July 23, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    OMG yes please Yummy. I am trying to make small sample bags up for christmas for my work mates and family. I think i will be adding this it looks so good :-) Best of all most of us here in australia would not think of doing something like this. My workmates will love it

  24. #
    Kellie — August 2, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

    I just made this for a bridal shower, it was a huge hit! I used air popped popcorn instead of microwave. I liked it so much I made some with a variation… Chocolate cake mix with a little cinnamon thrown in. It was fantastic!

  25. #
    Teresa D — August 24, 2013 @ 3:05 am

    Hi! I am thinking about making this this weekend and I was wondering, how many people does it serve? And also, what size are the bags of the microwaveable popcorn? Thanks so much!

    • Erica — August 24th, 2013 @ 11:39 pm

      I would say it would be good for a party anywhere between 10-20 people depending on how much other snack food you’re serving and how hungry everyone is! The bags are regular sized (like not the small 100 calorie packs or anything), I’m not sure exactly the size but hopefully that helps. And I estimated about 10 cups of popped popcorn if you have another method of making popcorn :) Good luck!

  26. #
    TBird110599 — September 21, 2013 @ 11:54 pm

    I’ve made this recipe three times following the directions exactly, using white popcorn and vanilla candy melts. The coating never hardened on the popcorn in any of the three batches. It has greasy moist texture even after letting set on the counter for 20 minutes and then putting into refrigerator. Tastes great, just feels kinda gross. Is this the desired consistency of the finished product, or is there something wrong?

    • Erica — September 23rd, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

      Hey, I’m sorry to hear that it’s coming out so greasy. I never had that problem and I’ve also made this recipe again and again. Is your home or area particularly humid? Maybe omit the added vegetable oil next time.

  27. #
    Jill — October 7, 2013 @ 9:45 pm

    Do you prefer kettle corn or white?

    • Erica — October 9th, 2013 @ 1:30 am

      Either! But I like kettle because it’s sweeter :)

  28. #
    Kim — October 13, 2013 @ 2:38 am

    Do you think these could be formed into popcorn balls and put on sucker sticks or skewers before hardening?

    • Erica — October 13th, 2013 @ 3:42 am

      I don’t think so, not as written as least. Maybe if you added more white chocolate but I’m not sure!

  29. #
    Lori R — March 2, 2014 @ 5:39 am

    I make this a lot. I find that it is easier to coat the popcorn if you get a bag. Turn oven on to 250 while popping corn. Then turn oven off. Place bag of popped popcorn in oven (to keep warm) while melting your almond bark. Keeping the popcorn warm helps to distribute the yummy white chocolate/cake mix . Once almond bark is melted, stir in cake mix and immediately pour over HOT popcorn. Close bag and shake for 2-3 minutes. Pour out on to wax paper and sprinkle generously with sprinkles.

  30. #
    Becky — March 17, 2014 @ 3:17 am

    A brown shopping-type bag? I just found this recipe so I haven’t ever tried it…is it really that difficult to spread the chocolate/cake mixture? Should I make sure to do it this way (keep popcorn hot) or is it just if I feel like I want to try it? I like to learn from other people’s problems!

    • Erica — March 17th, 2014 @ 2:19 pm

      When I say bag I’m referring to the store-bought bags of pre-portioned microwave popcorn. Like Orville Redenbacher or Pop Secret. If not, I would estimate about 5 cups of airpopped or stovetop popcorn. And yes, I’ve actually tried Lori’s method since she suggested that and I think it does help!

  31. #
    Tina — March 30, 2014 @ 3:43 pm

    One of the unhealthiest snacks I can imagine. Toxic chemicals in the microwave popcorn, transfats in the cake mix, artificial colors and tons of sugar. I certainly wouldn’t give this to kids.

    • Erica — March 30th, 2014 @ 7:56 pm

      Sorry you don’t approve, but I’m sure the recipe would still be great with fresh popped kernels, homemade cake mix, and omitting the sprinkles if you’re not a fan of the artificial colors.

  32. #
    Nicole M — May 31, 2014 @ 5:06 pm

    Hey Erica! I love this recipe I am currently in the process of making it! But my cake batter/ chocolate mix is too thick and won’t drizzle. Should I add water or oil or something else to loosen it up? It looks clumpy and thick, is that normal? I love that you answer everyone back! Unlike some other blog’s that I follow. i appreciate your help in advance!

    • Erica — May 31st, 2014 @ 5:43 pm

      Try adding oil! Good luck :)

  33. #
    Catherine — July 4, 2014 @ 5:29 am

    This is soooo yummy! Great for bringing to a get together!! I think it’s wonderful that people like you share yummy, crowd-pleasing recipes with those of us that are not so experienced in the kitchen! This is obviously not intended to be a main dish….so odd to me that people leave negative comments…. If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all;)

  34. #
    Vickie — July 30, 2014 @ 3:44 pm

    I am going to try this funtetti popcorn,, hope it works out, but I have one question first, what kind of container is best to store it in? I want it to be fresh when I take it somewhere. thanks

    • Erica — July 31st, 2014 @ 4:00 pm

      Any kind of airtight container would work well. I use a big tupperware bowl with a top that I have. Good luck!

  35. #
    Catherine S — January 11, 2015 @ 12:10 am

    I made this recipe tonight but I had a different version. The differences were 1.) 2 tablespoons if crisco instead of the vegetable oil 2.) two cups of white chocolate morsels (12 oz package) and 3.) I drizzled JUST the Chocolate/crisco mixture over my popcorn first, mixed well, then sprinkled my 1 1/2 cups of dry cake mix mixed with my 1/3 cup of sprinkles over it and mixed well! Then just put it out on the wax paper to sit and harden. It turned out great. I also saw where somebody had a problem with it being greasy, mine wasn’t greasy at all. I’d suggest the crisco instead of veg. oil! :)

  36. #
    Eileen — June 20, 2015 @ 9:12 am

    If you use crisco, do you have to melt it

    • Erica — June 20th, 2015 @ 10:00 pm

      Yes, I would still melt it!


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